May - November 2020
  • Day164

    Saklıkent Canyon

    November 9, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We left Fethiye today in order to continue to Saklıkent. The ride was beautiful as we could take remote secondary roads through the mountains and villages full of greenhouses.
    Saklıkent is an impressive, super steep canyon. The first 500m are easily accessible via a wooden bridge. It's also possible to hike further into the canyon and climb up a couple of waterfalls. However, even for us it's too cold at this time of the year.
    As all campgrounds and most of the restaurants around the canyon were already closed, we decided to continue to Patara. There's some ancient ruins which we skipped this time. Instead, we tried to access the beach, but only got to a huge sand dune we couldn't cross with the bicycles. We found a small campground run by a couple of friendly hippies. They shared some of their delicious dinner, cake and lemongrass tea with us.
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    Jim Cochran

    You two look great! ❤️

  • Day163

    Season closing

    November 8, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    You can tell that the season is over here in Fethiye. Some bars, shops and restaurants are already closed, some start getting everything ready for the winter. The vast majority of the boats don't go out anymore either. However, we were lucky enough to find the last one operating. And today, it went out for the last time this season.
    Again, we enjoyed being on a boat and seeing the seaside of Turkey. We passed many islands (probably 12 as that was the name of the tour), stopped at 4 of them for a swim and had some yummy fish for lunch. It's getting colder, the water as well, so we were the only ones (I think) who went swimming at all 4 stops. Many people didn't swim at all.
    For us, it was probably the last boattrip on our biketour and a relaxing day for our legs as well.
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  • Day162

    Exhausting beach day

    November 7, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Time to explore the area around Fethiye. After breakfast at the seafront, we cycled to Ölüdeniz. İt's a bay with a beautifully blue lagoon, an absolutely stunning location surrounded by high mountains. In order to get there, we had to climb across one of them. And the mountains here are very steep, so we were very happy we didn't have to carry our luggage today. At the beach, we went for a well deserved, nice and refreshing swim in the clear blue water.
    Afterwards, we had to climb up the mountain again. From this side, it was even steeper. Within only 2km, we gained over 300m in elevation, some sections were about 20%.
    On the way back to Fethiye, we took a detour via Karaköy. There's an old abandoned Greek city you can visit. As we have already seen similar sites here in Turkey, we only stopped for a couple of photos and continued our scenic ride.
    One more steep climb and we could roll into Fethiye. Just before the city center, we stopped again. This time, we visited the rock tombs. There was also an old Lycian sarcophagus in the middle of the road. Rather than burying their deads in a Necropolis outside of the city, people in Lycia used to get buried in between the houses. So up til now, you can still sea those sarcophagi in some of the roads in Fethiye.
    We spent the evening at the seafront watching people and strolling along the restaurants. Some of them offered live music and were lit in colourful lights, so it was nice walking around.
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  • Day161

    Hangover cycling

    November 6, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    After the wine party last night, we had a late start. We slept in a little, had breakfast and coffee - and still felt tired when we started to paddle. Luckily, the wind was on our side for most of the time today and we descended back to sea level. The views were stunning, so we were distracted and didn't think too much about our tiredness.
    We arrived in Fethiye and decided to check into a hotel. The town is nice and there's some things to explore, so we may stay here for a couple of nights.
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    Petra Deeg-Brockhage

    Was für ein tolles Licht!!!

  • Day160

    The organic wine party

    November 5, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Unfortunately, our night wasn't quiet at all due to some nasty gusts that blew against the tent and kept us awake. And the wind hadn't calmed down in the morning either, so cycling wasn't fun at all. With those strong headwinds and an ascending route, we barely moved.
    It also got colder and colder while we climbed. At above 1500m, it was below 10°C plus an icey wind from the North. We were happy to find a camping option with a hot shower! It was an organic farm led by Can and his parents who did everything to make our stay comfortable: We could pitch our tent behind the house to be protected from the wind and they gave us tea, home made potato salad and additional warm jackets. The day ended with a wine party in the apartment, with a fire, snacks, music and quite a bit of their great homemade organic wine.
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  • Day159

    Crazy holiday cities

    November 4, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    If you want a holiday at the beach in a warm country without missing anything of "good old Germany", the area Northwest of Side is the place to be. We cycled through this part in the morning. Again, one resort next to another and many shopping malls. But here, most of the offers and signs are in German.
    Next, we had to cycle on the highway for some 20km which totally felt like Turkey again - busy villages with no tourists.
    Then we turned into a different "holiday city" again. This one was called Belek and caters to golfers and professional athletes. It's full of resorts, but you can't see them because of the huge, fenced golf courts around the buildings. Plus, there were many sports complexes for football, tennis, rowing etc. We also saw some triathletes training on their bicycles (slightly faster than us...).
    After the golf resorts, we passed an area which we call "presenting your money". Resorts were called "[something] palace" and had walls around them and shops were boutiques selling leathers, fur or jewellery. Interesting to see how different areas cater for different type of tourists.
    Then we finally arrived in Antalya. We feared another huge city, but actually really liked it, especially as we could enter via a 20km long bike path along the sea. There were parks with benches, outdoor gyms, cafés, restaurants and lots of places to stop for a picknick. The old town and the harbour also looked nice, but we didn't spend much time here. We are going to spend a couple of days in Antalya before flying out.
    Instead, we cycled through the city and headed to the mountains. Winds were crazy and we had to fight hard. In the end, we found a campspot in a pine forest where we can hopefully get some good sleep before we have to do a lot of climbing tomorrow.
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  • Day158

    Rainy Side and a "Lederhosentraining"

    November 3, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Yoga and swimming at the beach followed by breakfast on our terrace - definitely a good start into the day! Afterwards, we explored the old center of Side by foot which was really cool. We walked around the ruins and discovered nice old houses. Guesthouses are lovely, too. Some had amazing details and beautiful gardens.
    After our city tour, we headed back to our hotel. There's a walking path along the beach. Suddenly, it started to rain very heavily. Luckily, we were right next to a fruit juice shop, so we watched the pouring rain under the roof drinking fresh pomegranate and orange juice.
    Once it stopped raining, we had some bread for lunch at our hotel and went back to the beach for some exercise, an online Lederhosentraining.
    While the tourists in Alanya were mainly from Russia, we would say that in Side it's half Russian and half German. At night, a German guy checked into our hotel and we had a drink at the pool bar. He told everyone his stories about money and women. It's very shameful how some of our compatriots act out in foreign countries.
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  • Day157

    Hotels, Resorts and Shopping Malls

    November 2, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After more than two months in Turkey, the road from Alanya to Side felt like we'd be in a different country. One hotel next to a resort next to a shopping mall. Many resorts with their own aqua park. Many of them right next to the busy 6 lane highway. At this time of the year, more than half are closed. But we really can't imagine spending a holiday in one of them!
    At least the road was flat (thanks to all the tunnels) and we made it to Side quickly. Just before Side, we turned away from the highway and cycled in another resort area. Again, one resort next to shopping malls next to more resorts with aqua parks. Even an artificial lake. At least, there was no noise from the highway and the resorts had grassy and shady areas. Some even looked more like apartment buildings. So a bit better than before.
    When we arrived in Side, we were pleasantly surprised. The ancient ruins are well preserved and freely accessible. The old town and the harbour are also very nice. We just had a quick look as we are going to visit the ancient part of the town tomorrow. Today, we headed to a small apartment hotel outside of the center. It belongs to a friend of one of our contacts in Adana, so we got a good price. The hotel is only a few hundred meters away from the Western beaches of Side, so we went there for some beach exercise and a swim. Again, there's one resort next to another one and most of the long sandy beach is private, i.e. belongs to a hotel. Luckily, some resorts are already closed, so those stretches are empty and we can easily access the amazingly clear and refreshing water.
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  • Day156

    Exploring Alanya

    November 1, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today, we had a relaxed day exploring Alanya. After sleeping in, breakfast and a short yoga session in our apartment, we went to the old part of the city and climbed the castle hill. Next, we went for a swim at Kleopatra Beach, had lunch in Atatürk park and went swimming again. It seems like there's 90% Russian tourists here.
    In the evening, we bought some beers and had a picnic at the harbour. The old city walls are all lit which looked really cool.
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    CundA aus NY

    wunderbar romantisch

  • Day155

    The hilly road to Almanya (Alanya)

    October 31, 2020 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We had two big climbs lined up today, so we left early. Unfortunately, we hadn't slept too well as some locals also camped at the beach and talked loudly until about 4 or 5am. However, in the cool morning hours without winds, our legs got us up the hills easily.
    The road itself was perfect for cycling! Not much traffic, ok asphalt and stunning views of the sea and the mountains!
    When we stopped for a picknick lunch, Imam and his wife arrived shortly after at the same spot. As Imam spoke German, we started a conversation and he invited us to their bbq and some schnaps.
    Afterwards, we headed to Alanya where we checked into a hotel. The city is very touristy and full of hotels, bars and restaurant. As there's many retired Germans around, people call it "Almanya". It definitely feels different compared to what we've seen in the past few weeks. However, we decided to slow down a bit, went for a swim and bought some dinner to have in our small apartment. We are going to stay another day and visit the main sites tomorrow.
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